Sick of work? Or just sick AT work? If your building has poor air quality, you might feel crummy at the office but just fine at home. Many buildings rate low on air quality testing scales in Washington, D.C.
Moreover, it’s not just commercial structures. Homes, apartments, and townhomes can also have air that makes you feel bad. It doesn’t matter if the building is old or new.
Indoor air pollution has a variety of causes, but the result is the same: people feel sick after breathing the low-quality air. That’s why the experts at Envirotex recommend getting air quality testing in Washington, D.C., done by professionals. The tests can pinpoint the reason for poor air quality and help you devise strategies to deal with it effectively.
Here is a look at what causes bad air quality, why air quality testing in Washington, D.C., is important and what you can do to fix the problem.
Some business and homeowners wonder if air quality testing in Washington, D.C., is just the latest buzz word, one more thing to worry about and spend money on. Is it really a cause for concern?
YES! When people have the air tested and then improve its quality based on the findings of the tests, they report numerous benefits. One of the most obvious changes is that the air smells better and bad odors are reduced significantly.
At work, employees are more productive, and their performance improves. Absences due to illness go down. At home and at work, people report that they feel more comfortable and can think more clearly. The number of allergy symptoms, colds and flu go down in homes and offices.
One much-appreciated side effect of improved air quality is lower energy costs. The HVAC system is one of the biggest users of energy in a home or office. In fact, the EPA says that 45% of the energy bill for a commercial building is for heating and cooling.
When the system is clean, air quality improves. And at the same time, the HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard because it is cleaner and more efficient. Better air quality helps your body and your budget. The first step is getting professional air quality testing in Washington, D.C.
There are many reasons your air is bad. Here is just a partial list:
The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, called HVAC, in your home or office spreads the poor air throughout the building. Air travels through the duct system, which is a natural gathering spot for dust, allergens, and other pollutants. As they circulate throughout a home or office, they can cause health problems for you, your family, your staff and your customers.
The lower the air quality, the higher the number of symptoms that people experience. Typical problems include:
A company that does air quality testing in Washington, D.C., has the specialized equipment necessary to measure quality based on industry standards. The work is done by professionals, trained to perform the test and analyze the results accurately.
The technician has the experience and skills to advise home and business owners of the sources of the pollutants. He can help a family or business devise a plan to remove sources of contamination, improve ventilation and enhance the overall quality of the air.
Kits that are available in the store don’t provide precise information. They also don’t fix problems. In fact, after you invest in the kit, you still need to hire a professional to interpret the results, suggest solutions and actually fix the problems.
The way to improve air quality is by getting rid of contaminants. First, you need to know what types of pollutants are causing the problem. You get this information when you have a professional air quality testing done in Washington, D.C. Then you can come up with a plan to stop them.
Be proactive. Check for water leaks and damage around your home or building. Look at the foundation, roof, and walls for signs of moisture. This leads to mold and mildew, one of the most common pollutants. The quicker you deal with it, the less it will cost to get rid of it. And the less illness it will cause.
There are several common fixes for low air quality. Cleaning and improving the ventilation system and air ducts is a usually a necessary step. Eliminating individual sources of pollutants helps. For example, radon and tobacco smoke are two commonly found sources of pollution that need to be removed.
Using an air cleaner can improve the air. Tabletop air cleaners are inexpensive, while whole-house, sophisticated models are quite costly. Air cleaners can remove particles from the air, but are not made to remove gases.
Get stoves, heaters, fireplaces and chimneys checked and repaired. Regular maintenance is essential. They can release particles, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide, all of which lower air quality.
The team at Envirotex has been performing air quality testing in Washington, D.C., since 2000. The founder gained extensive experience in the field while he was in the military. He learned testing and air quality monitoring during his career in the armed services.
Over the years, Envirotex Environmental Services has worked on a range of projects for Fort Belvoir Army Base, Quantico Marine Base and several district naval bases in the northeast and southeast.
The company is a leader in air quality testing in the Washington, D.C., area, both commercial and residential. It also handles:
Call today for a free, no-obligation estimate for air quality testing in Washington, D.C., or other environmental services from the experts at Envirotex.
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